Ebenezer Ogundeko talks of SEC offer

Ebenezer Ogundeko rescinded his pledge to the Huskies he made to UConn on Junior Day in February. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end quickly picked up his first SEC offer from Vanderbilt. Ogundeko talked more about the Commodores..here...


"Coach Spencer called me on Monday," said Ebenezer Ogundeko. "He told me that [Vanderbilt] decided to offer me. Every program that takes the time to offer me and recruit me, I'm going to take the time to consider them also. I don't have any plans to visit Vanderbilt, but I will one day. If not over the summer, then during the season on an official visit."

Ogundeko, who plays A.T. Thomas Jefferson Campus High School in Brooklyn, NY, has taken two previous campus visits to UConn and Boston College. He reports offers from 11 FBS and FCS programs.

"I want to go to a school where I can start early, learn, and win championships," Ogundeko said. "I'm being recruited at both defensive end and outside linebacker. It doesn't matter to me which position they put in at, I just want to play. Distance will be a factor for me. I don't want to play too far away from home."

Ogundeko was named Second Team All-Borough as a junior by the New York Daily News in New York City's Public School Athletic League (PSAL). He helped his team, the Orange Wave, to the PSAL quarterfinal round of the playoffs.

"This year I had 11 sacks and 79 tackles," said Ogundeko. "I just want to win state and be the best football player I can. We run a 4-3 defense. I'm usually lined up on the line of scrimmage, but I switch to outside linebacker depending on the game situation. My best strengths are rushing the passer and making sacks."

Ogundeko's plans this spring are to attend a football camp in Maryland and a sports camp in New Jersey. He wears jersey No. 58 for the Orange Wave.

Ogundeko says he isn't playing any other sports this year to focus on his senior season. Many college coaches seem impressed with what he's accomplished so far.

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